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Full text of "Byron Davies Obituary"

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Funeral Service 



"We who love song— and yet can 

make no sound; 
We who are dumb when singers 

fill the earth, 
What ot our thoughts when thrill 

ing notes resound, 
What of our dreams when the 

great word is found 
That lifts us to heaven? Are we 

of little worth?" 



"Friends, today! am moved to 
observe the beauty of two wonder 
ful words— death and birth," said 
Walter Adams, speaking at the 
funeral services held for Byron 
Davies. "Wonderful words, both 
How much they mean. 

"Does it not occur to us that 
there could be no death in the 
world if there were no birth? And 
vet these words are but the simple 
mouth tags of mortals to express 
two universal happenings in * 
world ot life. 

"Our own Walt Whitman says 
'Nothing can happen more beautl 
tnl than death.' 

"'No one sees beauty who has 
not seen death. 
I know how dear is dust, how soft 

is rain. 
How warm the grass, how deep the 

starry skies; 
I know who pay for loveliness with 

pain- 
That earth is fairest fading from 

the eyes, 
And life tastes sweeter with each 



different traits of fatherhood and 
motherhood in their attitudes to 
ward life in its -phases we call 
death and birth. •*«* i 

"How natural it seems for the 
father, the man, to gaze upon 
death and feel, if not think, that 
the end of all has come. And quite 
as natural we find the mother, the 
woman, concerned most with that 
event called >birth. This to her is 
the all-absorbing event in all her 
human experience. How wonder 
fully that God wrought in these 
twain the two sublime feelings 
that bring us to unity. 

"At this hour all those most dl 
rectly concerned with this great. 
event in tbe life of our son and 
brother and companion feel their 
very souls wrenched with the feci 
ing of loss. This is but the imme 
diate effect. With you, my friends 
I trust and know that with the 
passing of the days, the richness o: 
this young life that for a time 
blessed all with whom Byron came 
in contact with loom up in the 
spiritual realm awaiting its spirit 
ual visualization to the sorrowing 
ones, and then they shall all feel 
the glorious and blessed tie that 
binds their souls to the better 
world just there beyond the cur- 
tain of our ignorance. 
"Death should come 
Gently to one ot gentle mold like 

thee; 
As light winds wandering through 

groves ot bloom, 



falling breath.' 

"Today we assemble about ttir "Detach the delicate blossom from 
bier of one who has passed on In; the tree, 

the full beauty of perfect young Close they sweet eyes calmly, and 
manhood. May I suggest that we without pain; 

And we will trust in God to see 
thee yet again." 
Beautiful and healtfelt words ot 
sympathy, and consolation were 
extended the parents and relative! 
of Byron Davies, who met his sud 
den death in the automobile acci 
dent on West Center street Sun 
day noon, at the funeral services 
held this afternoon in the Fourth 
ward, chapel. ' 
The chapel was thronged with 
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all might find more comfort and 
solace in this hour of exquisite 
passion -if-weiry- to thjnlc" that 
while we are solemnising the 
death of our son and companion so 
far as this sphere is. concerned, we 
are, indeed, celebrating the birth 
into that hystericus but everlast 
ing realm of spiritual progress 
somewhere yonder in the highei 
plane of God. 

"My own mind is brought to ob 
serve the distinguishing and very 



TRIBUTES PAID 

(Continued from Page One.) 



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last measure of respect to a true 
and faithful chun and companion 
The beautiful and massive casket 
was covered with many floral trlb 
utes bespeaking the high esteem 
in which Byron and his parents art 
held In the community. 

Dr. H. 8. Pyue of the Fourth 
ward bishopric presided. Blshor 
John Johnson offered the in voea 
tlon. 

Exceptional < musical selections 
were rendered during the services 
Seymour Prows sang, "Oh, Let Me 
Dream'* and "I Love a Little Cot 
'tage.'\ Mirk P. L. Hickman ren 
dered the soprano solo, "Resigna 
tion." and Dr. «. L, Martin aid 
Walter Hoblaon sang the duet 
"Sometime, We'll Understand." 

"It is a. very sad occasion to la; 
aside such r , a promising young 
man, who was snatched away from 
the parents so suddenly^ that it 
was impossible even for them to 
assist him in any way," said 
Samuel Bunnell, the firqt speaker] 
an old-time friend of the Davie* 
family. "The parents have th< 
satisfaction that their son left this 
life pure and dean. Hi , was * 

ott promising young man, clean 
and pure in every particular. He 
I will continue to go la in the work 
he has begun here In this life. Re 
was prepared to go on to gain the 
blessings the Lord has In store foi 
his faithful children." 

Prof. Fred B. Bass spoke of hi? 



ttff acquaintance of the young pa thy to the bereaved family, 
man and his parents and testified Six young companions and 
as to the Integrity of the family schoolmates of Byron's acted at 
He bore a strong testimony of the 'pallbearers. 



naturalness of the hereafter 

"Byron always impressed . mc 
with his wonderful intellectua' 
ability and his excellent traits and 
characte^istics, , ■ said Professor 
Buss. "He Inherited wonderfu 
talents and traits both from hi? 
father and his mother as w61l ar 
from hi 8 grandparents." 

Secretary E. S. Hinckley of the 
Provo Chamber of Commerce 
spoke of 'his acquaintance with, 
the yovms man and of his' sterling ! 
worth "in the community. 

'1 have often heard my- son, w'hCj 
was a companion of Byron's, say; 
that he was an exemplary and- 
studious young man," said Mr 
Hinckley. "Mr. Davies, the-fathei 
of this young man, will alwayi 
stand to me as a tower of strength 
for his wonderful outlook on the 
sad blow that came to him and his 
family. , 

"When 1 met him yesterday and 
extended to him my sympathy, he 
replied, 'There are many worse 
things than death.' - 

"I am glad that science has 
come to the rescue of religion tc 
testify that there is life beyond 
that death is not the end. 
."There is nothing that will fit". 
the void in the household of the 
Davies family so well as the spiri^ 
of God. The anchor of their life 
will be the knowledge of the fu 
tore life and the knowledge that 
they will meet their son again.' 

Dr. Pyne extended thanks to all 
those who had extended their sym 



John D. Dixon offered the invo 
cation.